\ ˈswe-tē How to pronounce sweaty (audio) \
sweatier; sweatiest

Definition of sweaty

1 : causing sweat a sweaty day sweaty work
2 : wet or stained with or smelling of sweat sweaty socks

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Other Words from sweaty

sweatily \ ˈswe-​tə-​lē How to pronounce sweatily (audio) \ adverb
sweatiness \ ˈswe-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce sweatiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of sweaty in a Sentence

a hot and sweaty afternoon We were hot and sweaty after playing basketball. My clothes are all sweaty from my workout.
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Edna Murphey Her father, a Cincinnati physician, had developed a liquid antiperspirant in 1909 to help a fellow surgeon with sweaty hands, but Murphey found the liquid equally effective on her underarms. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in," 10 June 2019 Headscarfs and turbans that can protect your beachy 'do and save you from sweaty hairlines. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Weekending in Miami? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 6 June 2019 The building’s pores exude sweaty emanations of New York’s downtown art and poetry scene. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough’," 6 June 2019 On a sweaty summer night in 1969, Martin Boyce drank up the energy along Christopher Street in New York’s West Village near a bar that pulsed with secrets of the lives inside. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Stonewall Forever: 50 years later, digital monument debuts. LGBTQ activists say it couldn't be more timely.," 4 June 2019 Some of us look like gross, sweaty human piles of tissues while battling a high fever. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and Her 101 Degree Fever Look Hotter Than I Ever Will," 28 Feb. 2019 Influenced by the artist Mort Meskin, a specialist in mood and noirish textures, Mr. Ditko had infused his pre-Charlton work with a sweaty anxiety and recurrent motifs of paranoia. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90," 7 July 2018 Of course, everything also had to feel comfortable and stay in place during a sweaty workout. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "How I Went From Hating Exercise to Becoming a Fitness Instructor in 5 Years," 3 May 2019 After burying himself in a dank basement apartment and one suspiciously sweaty chair, Jackson was able to reemerge and marry the woman of his dreams. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "It's Time To Check Up On The Queer Eye Contestants," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of sweaty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sweaty

: causing you to sweat
: wet with sweat


\ ˈswe-tē How to pronounce sweaty (audio) \
sweatier; sweatiest

Kids Definition of sweaty

: wet with, stained by, or smelling of sweat

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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